First of all, a huge congratulations to local author William Alexander on winning the National Book Award for his book Goblin Secrets! We couldn't be happier for him!
We were pleased that Will was able to join us today to do a school event at Linwood Monroe Arts Plus in St. Paul.
He started out by reading a bit of his book to the 4th-6th grade students there.
After the reading, he answered students' questions - and there were a lot of them! They loved talking to Will and wanted to find out as much as they could about him, his writing process, and the world of Zombay.
Will was a fantastic reader and speaker. He has a background in theater, which was very apparent during the event today. He has a wonderful stage presence!
Will signed books to the students and teachers (and the principal as well!). The kids were thrilled to get his autograph.
The students sent Will home with a big box full of wonderful cards and artwork they had created for him:
After the event, Will joined us back at Addendum to sign stock for our store (so if you want a signed copy of Goblin Secrets, you know where to find one!).
We are also pleased to announce that we will be hosting William Alexander for the publication party for his next book, Ghoulish Song, due out in March. Watch this space for more details!
A big thank you to Will, and to Paul Crichton and Siena Koncsol at Simon and Schuster, for making this event possible!
Edited to add: Thanks to Will (again!) for mentioning us on his blog!